Regular breathing brings about balance in the body, by calming the mind. It is said that he who has calm nerves, has a calm mind too. Pranayama helps in controlling the breath. Ideally, pranayama should be practiced without being in a hurry with adequate focus on the breath.
- Inhale through both nostrils to a count of 4.
- The breath should be retained for a count of 8.
- Exhale the breath through both the nostrils to a count of 4.
- Retain the breath outside or remain without breath for a count of 8.
When a person empties the mind of restless thoughts and turns the mind to the divine within, is the essence of meditation. Prayer, chanting or being absorbed in soulful spiritual music can accompany the period of meditation to induce relaxation.